On Monday, Humberto Leal Garcia’s attorneys and the Mexican government jointly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay Leal’s execution. Three judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a concurring opinion which stated that the pardons board and Governor Perry should stay Mr. Leal’s execution.
Today’s Houston Chronicle features an editorial that calls for a stay of execution for Humberto Leal, in light of legislation pending in Congress that would allow federal courts to review death penalty cases involving foreign nationals who were denied the right to contact their consular offices (“Keeping our word: Scheduled Texas execution violates treaty and endangers […]
Last night, the State of Texas executed Milton Mathis for the 1998 murders of Travis Brown and Daniel Hibbard in Fort Bend County. He was 19 years old at the time of the crime. This was the sixth execution to take place in Texas this year, out of 23 nationwide. Mathis was executed despite compelling […]
On June 16, 2011, the State of Texas carried out its 5th execution of the year, out of 22 nationwide. Lee Taylor was executed for the murder of another prisoner, Donta Green, in 1999 . According to the Associated Press, of the 469 Texas inmates put to death since executions resumed in 1982, Taylor was only […]
In an op-ed appearing today in the Dallas Morning News (“Justice demands a review in Texas death penalty case,” June 17, 2011), former Texas Governor Mark White calls for a federal review in the case of Milton Mathis, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas next Tuesday, June 21, 2011, unless […]